Again, I've got nothing but gratitude for all the help from everyone! I spent 2 or 3 weeks doing nothing but reading all the slackware guides (from here and elsewhere) because I was trying to decide between Slackware and Arch for a few new laptops. In all fairness, none of the slackware material comes close to the UbuntuGuide.org wiki but hey its a slacker distro so that's cool.
I'm a Linux hobbyist (and sometime consultant) and I've been using Linux at home since 1998 and even I have had most of my old skills atrophy with the advent of automated package management and the over automated nature of the tools now included in the mainstream distros.
I'm really having an absolute blast using Slackware and re-learning all this stuff again!